EdS Program of Study

Program Options

Students may choose one of the following two options, which require a three-person OILS faculty committee, to complete the EdS Certificate:

Plan I: Action Research Project (6 credit hours)

Students must register for OILS 599 Master's Thesis for two semesters (6 credit hours). This option constitutes an Applied Research Project based on the student's needs and interests.  The topic of the research should be developed in consultation with the student's Advisor or potential Research Committee Chair.  Should a student choose this option, she/he will be required to take an additional research course as part of the 33 credit hour requirement. It is up to the student to locate a faculty member who would be willing to chair the research project. The resulting product from the research study is to be negotiated by the student and the Committee Chair.

Plan II: Professional Portfolio (6 credit hours)

Students must register for OILS 599 Master's Thesis for two semesters (6 credit hours). The student may choose, in consultation with her/his Advisor, to complete an Internship/Professional Portfolio based on the student's needs and interests. The internship component involves a 200-hour applied learning experience that relates to their Program of Study. The internship results in a product that becomes part of the portfolio.

Program of Study

EdS Certificate coursework, which must have prior approval in the student's Program of Study, is required in two specific areas:

Area of Specialization (18 credit hours minimum)

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 502 Interactive Multimedia 3
OILS 503 Video Techniques: Uses in Education and Training 3
OILS 504 Simulation 3
OILS 510 Knowledge Management 3
OILS 530 Theory & Practice of Distance Education 3
OILS 533 Management of Learning Systems 3
OILS 540 Human Resource Development 3
OILS 541 Consulting Theory and Practice 3
OILS 542 Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning 3
OILS 543 Instructional Design and Development 3
OILS 546  Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning 3
OILS 551 Training Techniques 3
OILS 561 The Adult Learner 3
OILS 562 Team Development 3
OILS 563 Mentoring 3
OILS 600 Science, Technology and Society 3
OILS 601 Advanced Instructional Design 3
OILS 608 Advanced Seminar on Organizational and Program Evaluation 3
OILS 635 Research in Distance Education 3
OILS 639 Advanced Instructional Technology: Seminar 3
OILS 641 Advanced Seminar in Organizational Development and Consulting 3

Research & Evaluation (9 credit hours minimum)*

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
EDPY 502 Statistics in Education 3
LLSS 502 Naturalistic Inquiry 3
OILS 544 Program Evaluation 3
  Other Research/Evaluation Course as Approved by your Advisor  

* Students must have completed EDPY 500:  Survey of Research Methods in Education or equivalent before enrolling in any Research and Evaluation courses.